Faculty of Health

Michelle Woods

Michelle Woods

Dr Michelle Woods

Nurse Practitioner, Senior Lecturer

BS, RN, Grad Cert (Emerg Nurs), Grad Dip (Health Prom & Ed), MS (Nurse Practitioner), ND (Nurs. Doctorate)

Contact Details

Contact Campus Hobart CBD Campuses
Building Diabetes Centre, Royal Hobart Hospital
Telephone +61 3 6226 4772
Fax +61 3 6226 4690
Mobile +61 407 102 764
Email Michelle.Woods@utas.edu.au

Career Path

Dr Woods completed her Doctorate of Nursing and Master of Science Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) at the University of Colorado with an emphasis in adult primary health care. Her education and expertise as a Nurse Practitioner started in the United States working in Primary Care and Endocrinology practices. She has been certified both in the USA and Australia as a Diabetes Educator. Dr Woods' clinical background is; as a Nurse Practitioner is in Adult /Geriatric Health, and Nursing in Coronary and Emergency. Her current practice is with the Royal Hobart Hospital Diabetes Centre and has a clinical management focus in complex care. In addition she continues to develop, teach and coordinate post graduate nursing curriculum for the University of Tasmania.

Teaching Interests

As a lecturer in an undergraduate practice and theory unit, community and mental health practice, Dr Woods adapts the concept of reciprocity in learning. Through a concerted process, students engaged in service learning described as a structured, reciprocal learning experience that combines and connects the community and mental health practice agency experience to academic coursework. This teaching initiative exemplifies partnerships for learning through the identification of "real world problems" where student design and delivery tangible contributions to aid in solutions. The result of the service learning activities were "products" that were measurable, valued and responsive to the needs of the community the agency serves. This work resulted in a 2010 publication; Public Health Interventions Model: Impact on Australian Community Mental Health Nursing Students' Practice in the International Journal of Nursing Scholarship and demonstrates my application of diverse collaboration, coordination and facilitation skills.

Research Interests

Research initiatives have been in the utilisation of qualitative methodology – participator inquiry and outcomes based research. Integral to the nurse practitioner are my skills and expertise of a clinical doctorate. In the United States clinical doctorates are recognised as necessary in training practitioners/clinicians to respond effectively to changing demands of macro complex healthcare environment requiring the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise to assure quality patient outcomes.  Recently Dr Woods conducted a clinical reflective inquiry (CRI) study, with a NP colleague, to review and exemplify how nurse practitioners translate practice into value. The results of a 3 years utilisation of CRI, a thematic analysis and peer mentorship resulted in the recent publication titled, Australian Nurse Practitioner Practice: Value Adding through Clinical Reflexivity in the international journal Nursing Research and Practice. Measured outcomes that demonstrate the efficacy of this practice include and are not limited to: i) Improved access to speciality care (ii) Aversion of emergency department and hospital admission (iii) Decreased waiting times for speciality care clinics (iv) Reduction on adverse health outcomes(v) Improvement in patient knowledge and efficacy in medication management(vi) Responsive communication channels developed for complex patients to engage with NP (vii) Advocacy and coordination of innovative treatment options for patients with demonstrable improvements compared to status quo treatment.

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